According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals are going to move one of the stars of their defense into a position he's more familiar with playing.
It looks like Tyrann Mathieu, Arizona's Swiss Army Knife in the secondary, will finally get his chance to play at slot corner for the first time this season. Mathieu established himself as a bonafide Defensive Player of the Year candidate last season playing as a slot corner. His inside positioning allowed him to play closer to the line of scrimmage and blitz, or use his strong leaping ability and ball skills to create havoc when covering taller tight ends.
"We're 1-3, man," Mathieu said earlier this week about moving back to the slot this upcoming Thursday night against the 49ers. "It's not really time for me to sit back and play it slow."
Arians previously stated that he wanted to hear Mathieu say he wanted to be switched back before acting on it -- and it seems as if that's exactly what he is doing.
The Cardinals certainly have the pieces to be an elite defense. Offseason acquisition Chandler Jones has led a pass rush that is tied for the fifth-most sacks in the league. Behind them, safety Tony Jefferson has been brilliant over the first four games, and cornerback Patrick Peterson is still one of the top shutdown corners on the outside.
Add in a fully lethal Mathieu back in the slot, and opposing offenses could be gasping for air in the desert.